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Of Kings and Chemicals Of Kings and Chemicals

Being a Dominar isn’t all it’s cracked up to be and two very different prison experiences are contrasted in the fourth episode of Farscape. It’s a thoughtful, exciting episode with mud, chemical addiction, incidental spooning, and more mud.

Give Me Corridors and Give Me Minotaurs Give Me Corridors and Give Me Minotaurs

“The God Complex” is one of my favourite Eleventh Doctor Doctor Who episodes, mainly because I love stories where characters are trapped in houses or hotels. Watching it again last night, I found I still liked the mise en scene as well as the guest stars and the alien minotaur. I’m a little unsure what writer Toby…

The Insect Swarm of Copies The Insect Swarm of Copies

The crew of Moya have their first of many encounters with duplicates or alternate versions of themselves and Rygel is the first to find a little validation in the fun and slightly gross third episode of Farscape.

The Long Extinguished Light Illumines
the Machine The Long Extinguished Light Illumines the Machine

Seth MacFarlane redeemed himself as a writer last night with “Lasting Impressions”, a new episode of The Orville much better than the previous, also written by MacFarlane. This being another sweet relationship episode like “A Happy Refrain” I’m thinking, with some exceptions, MacFarlane’s strength on this series shows…

The Alluring Fires of Rebirth The Alluring Fires of Rebirth

What if, all alone, you were able to feel a sense of fulfilment and pleasure that far surpassed anything that could be gained through human relationships? This is essentially what changes Jean Grey from Phoenix to Dark Phoenix in The Dark Phoenix Saga, the celebrated 1980 series of Uncanny X-Men comics by Chris…

Just a Lonely Teenager in Crime Just a Lonely Teenager in Crime

Some choose the gangster life, some are gently pressed into it by well-meaning neighbours, the latter being the case for Jiro, the hapless protagonist of 1962's Teenage Yakuza (ハイチイーンやくざ). Director Seijun Suzuki turns this simple, highly improbable tale into a captivating burst of kinetic filmmaking, taking a…

The Faux Feminist Superbowl The Faux Feminist Superbowl

I finally got to a movie theatre yesterday. I was walking past the theatre and saw Captain Marvel was starting in two minutes so I figured, with commercials and trailers, I had at least fifteen minutes (I think it was more like twenty). I didn’t think the trailers for Captain Marvel looked very good but there’s been…

Aliens Under the Mud Aliens Under the Mud

We start to see what normal life will be like aboard Moya, the living prison ship, in Farscape’s second episode. The script by Sally Lapiduss continues the first episode’s focus on discord between a person’s perceived identity and the reality of a situation. With a much lower effects budget the episode still manages…

Sounds Like Ireland Sounds Like Ireland

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day, everyone. It’s also Sunday, the day I normally write about Doctor Who, but Doctor Who has always been light on Irish characters and actors and the show has perplexingly never gone to Ireland. So I turned to the audio plays and listened again to the bold 2006 story The Settling from Big…

All the Folks from "Ireland" All the Folks from "Ireland"

A man is separated from his wife and young daughter while he makes a career for himself as a singer in 1937's Rose of Tralee. That’s the plot but the star of the film is adorable little Binkie Stuart, the little girl who plays Rose, the man’s daughter. Billed as Ireland’s answer to Shirley Temple, she was in fact…

Two Decades of Farscape Two Decades of Farscape

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the première of Farscape, one of the greatest Science Fiction and Fantasy series of all time. So I thought I’d watch through the series again and write new reviews of each episode. This should take a while because Farscape premièred back in the days when a season of a dramatic…

Circular Paw Prints Circular Paw Prints

In the midst of a terrible winter, alone in the snowy mountains of northern California, a family plays out a drama seemingly representative of human civilisation in 1954's Track of the Cat. Three brothers, each in his own way, trying to live up to an ideal of personal responsibility under the bitter, impotent…

An Unlikely Smell An Unlikely Smell

I was in the mood for a Spaghetti Western last night and didn’t quite get what I wanted with 1975's Cry, Onion! (Cipolla Colt, “Onion Colt”). But that wasn’t such a bad thing. A parody of Spaghetti Westerns that shows an intimate knowledge of the genre it also has a really delightful absurd streak.

The Weight at the Other Side The Weight at the Other Side

The paradox of modern romance is in its contradictory imperatives for responsibility to one’s partner. Love should be about taking care of each other, of belonging to each other, yet people should neither expect others to care for their weakness and also shouldn’t try to nurse them. The conflicts that emerge can seem…

Who Summons the Killer Baby? Who Summons the Killer Baby?

It has a possessed baby, it has distinguished actors taking their roles seriously, but 1975's I Don’t Want to be Born (a.k.a. The Devil Within Her and The Monster) never approaches The Exorcist in quality. Some nice dialogue thoughtfully delivered by Donald Pleasence and Eileen Atkins is undercut a bit by thoroughly…

Only Fur can be Seen in the Jungle Only Fur can be Seen in the Jungle

DOCTOR: “Well, Jo? Do I pass?” JO GRANT: “You’ll do. In a pinch.” Get a room, you two. It’s not clear why the Spiridons, the indigenous inhabitants of the world featured in Planet of the Daleks, must wear these furry purple cloaks. They’re naturally invisible but it seems like they could’ve been forced to wear…

Milton, Milton, and Milton v Milton and
Milton Milton, Milton, and Milton v Milton and Milton

Those interested in canon court matters may be pleased to find my infrequently updated webcomic, Dekpa and Deborah, has its first new chapter since September. Over five months! I’m determined to get the next chapter out much quicker. This one was delayed by a lot of time spent writing a research paper. This particular…

Krill versus Hot Blood Krill versus Hot Blood

There were things I enjoyed about it but last night’s new Orville, “The Blood of Patriots”, was my least favourite episode of the series so far. Maybe it’s inevitable the episode to follow “Identity” would be a let down but this one disappointed me on too many levels.

The Man for a Free Ireland The Man for a Free Ireland

If you’re looking for a slow and rigid political biopic, don’t see 1996's Michael Collins. With its action and pacing, its passionate performances led by an extraordinarily fervent and magnetic Liam Neeson, it’s almost an action film. It’s also beautiful, bearing Neil Jordan’s usual great aesthetic sense, and more…

Mutants Working Together Mutants Working Together

I’ve finally gone back and started reading some classic X-Men comics. I figured I’d read through from the introduction of the “new” X-Men in 1975 through the Dark Phoenix Saga because those are the comics I happened to have had sitting on my shelf for fifteen years. In 2004 I saw Barnes and Noble had released a…

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